Ok here is the scenario. You are an NBA GM drafting in the top 5 and your team is in need of a point guard. Burke and Smart or both still on the board, who do you take and why? And if you rather draft another point guard instead of those two what's your reason?
Trey Burke. He may have had an even better freshman year than Smart and took another step as a sophomore. Smart probably has more upside, but Burke has a more defined NBA position, being much more of a true pg and floor general. Burke probably won't ever make an all-star game, but he looks like he has almost zero bust potential and could fit on just about any team, as he can play both on and off the ball. Smart may have even more raw talent, but he has yet to completely harness that talent.
Both have a lot of upside. I think Burke's ceiling is higher than Smarts, but Smart has a higher chance of being the better player. I personally love Burke's game and think he is going to become something special so I will pick him, but I won't lose much sleep at night if I pick Smart instead.
I am a homer Cuse fan so I would go with MCW over both.
Seriously, I think Smart is the safer pick. I think his overall ceiling is higher than Burke and I just cannot get over Burke's height, or lack there of.
Michael Carter-Williams has bust written all over him.
You could definitely justify taking either of them first, but I'd say Smart and here's why. A team like Orlando that will probably be faced with this decision needs a player that will come in and change the culture of their team. A player like Smart brings a certain toughness that may be unmatched in this draft. His attitude sort of reminds me of Deron Williams how he is just gonna go out and bully other PG's (I'm not comparing their skills at all) and really set the tone for a team. Don't get me wrong, I love how Burke competes and he clearly is way more polished between the two, but I just think Smart will go first because he's a player you could potentially build around that will really give a team a true identity.
Would Smart really bully too many PGs in the modern NBA? He's not a whole lot bigger than Irving, Rose, Wall, Williams, Rondo, Holiday, Knight, or Hill. So really, the majority of his opponents will nullify what you're saying is his big advantage - his ability to "bully teams".
Also, do you really think Burke isn't tough? Dude took an absolute pounding in the championship game and he just shook it off and kept battling, he has just as much of a "never say die" attitude as Smart. Did you see that block on Siva right at the rim? It was called a foul but it was clean.
I could honestly see Smart being another Tyreke sort of point guard, where it becomes apparent that just because he's big, can pass and likes the ball in his hands doesn't mean he's a point guard.
I don't think I saw Marcus Smart make a shot outside 15 feet all year. He is no doubt a good prospect but he is very raw offensively. I would surely take Burke because he is a consistent scorer and underrated defensively. He is also a better playmaker than Smart at this point. This site had Burke out of the top 20 a couple months ago and many people were stunned by that. After carrying his team to the title game at least this site moved him up. I think Burke would fit well in Orlando, New Orleans and no way he gets past Detroit.
I gotta go with Smart just because of the size, age and strength.
Burke just is too little and his lack of ELITE speed and quickness doesn't help him out.
I think both will end up good players, I just think Smart has more potential.
Plus Burke(1992) is 2 YEARS older than Smart(1994)
Burke all day. Reason: Cold-blooded, Clutch, Big-time, Proven, NBA Ready
More importantly, Burke is going to come in with a chip on his shoulder. I think he's going to be one of those guys that surprise you if you sleep on him. Possibly that Lillard-effect, if you will. Watch out!